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The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Premieres In Portugal – Day One

On June 8, 2018   |   By kiteworldmag.com

THE KSWT PREMIERES IN PORTUGAL DAY ONE

 

7th June 2018: Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

 

The riders of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour are in Viana do Castelo this week from the 07-12th of June for the third event of the season and the first ever GKA event in Portugal. 46 riders from 16 different countries registered today, with another strong turnout in the womens division that consists of 13 competitors from around the world here at Cabedelo beach in front of Hotel Feel Viana.

 

Jalou Langeree - GKA Portugal 2018

Signing on the line / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

 

And what a spot it is! Watch this video from today to see more.

 

A popular surf beach that also benefits from the reliable el nortada winds, Cabedelo is protected by a large sea wall that makes for glassy wave riding conditions downwind of it on the lengthy, unbroken left-handers. The waves are rarely huge, but theyre clean and consistent making this place look like a real-life wave pool when its on.

 

Cabedelo beach

Cabedelo beach / Photo: @Ydwer van der Heide

 

Click here to watch the video from KSWT riders James Carew and Charlie Wise for a glimpse of Cabedelo beach firing!

 

Race director Juan Antonio Aragon

Race director Juan Antonio Aragon outlines the plan / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

 

Today had begun with heavy rainfall and the first skippers meeting of the event was delayed until just after lunch but then it was a quick turn around as the wind began to build and the riders headed to the beach for a possible start to mens division round one.

 

Local rider Joao Stopani gearing up

Local rider Joao Stopani gearing up / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

 

The winds looked promising to begin with but, after waiting until late afternoon, the decision was made to bring things to a close with a solid looking forecast for later in the week.

 

James Carew and Pedro Matos

James Carew and Pedro Matos after a pre-comp warm-up yesterday / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

 

So today was light on action with more rainfall than wind, but the skies have now cleared and were sure to see some noteworthy clashes this week as the battle for rankings continues with growing rivalries simmering away in both divisions. Click here for a refresher on the situation as it stands going into the KSWT Portugal.

 

The crew meets the major of Viana do Castelo

The crew meets the major of Viana do Castelo / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

 

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CHECK OUT THE CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP RANKINGS AFTER TWO EVENTS IN CAPE VERDE AND MOROCCO:

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